Sample Sipdown! (12 | 81)
I had a cozy session with this one today, watching rom-coms and trying out a cheapo kyusu that I bought from Amazon.
To be honest, if this is the regular baked version of this, I can’t imagine what the “deep baked” one is like! This had a strong roast with lots of charcoal flavor.
Really, this was a bit too roasty for me for the majority of the session. It did have a very layered flavor though. The early steeps had deep charcoal and mineral notes, along with a charred wood flavor that reminded me of scotch or bourbon. I found some interesting fennel and dill notes as well, which added an unusual savory element. And there was also sweetness from honey, raisin, and very dark caramel.
About halfway through, the deep roasted notes started to fade a bit, which was very welcome. This allowed me to taste more of the nutty and sweet flavors that were hiding underneath.
The last couple of steeps were somewhat weak but very delicious, with strong sweet honey notes and creamy grain flavors. There was one infusion that reminded me of honey butter dinner rolls. Nom.
Really this was a bit too roasted for me. But I would be very interested in trying more GABA teas in the future.
10g – 200ml – 200°F – rinse/25/30/35/40/45/50/60/75/95/150/300s
Flavors: Bitter, Bread, Burnt, Burnt Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Char, Creamy, Dill, Fennel, Floral, Grain, Honey, Mineral, Nuts, Oats, Raisins, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Sweet, Toast, Whiskey, Wood